AN alleged rapist kidnapped his stepdaughter and held her captive for nearly two decades, it has been claimed.
Henri Michele Piette is accused of snatching Rosalynn McGinnis after “marrying” her in the back of a van aged 11 and taking her to Mexico.
Piette, who was arrested in the country on Thursday after being charged with first degree rape in Oklahoma, kept Rosalynn prisoner for 19 years, she claims.
The mum-of-nine was only able to flee her captor after making it to the US Embassy in Mexico last year, according to police papers seen by News OK.
Speaking out for the first time, 33-year-old Rosalynn told People magazine: “I knew that if I didn’t get out of there I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man”.
She claims she spent years living in servitude, being beaten with baseball bats, stabbed, being chocked unconscious and repeatedly raped after being kidnapped from school in Poteau, Oklahoma in 1997.
“McGinnis stated that she was sexually assaulted multiple times a day almost every day while she was with Piette,” court affidavits said.
Piette, 62, even gave her a ring after performing a twisted “marriage ceremony” just months before she was snatched, according to the court papers laying out her allegations.
Rosalynn was reportedly taken by her stepfather after her “abused” mother fled with her to a woman’s shelter, investigators said.
He then tried to convince the girl she was his wife.
“After being introduced to… Piette’s other children as their new mother, they began travelling to numerous locations throughout the United States and abroad including … Texas, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico”, an FBI agent reported according to News OK.
Rosalynn lived under Piette’s control in a remote village in Mexico until she fell ill and needed surgery on her gallbladder.
Her captor forced her to continue her strenuous regime of chores while recovering — convincing her that she needed to escape.
“She grabbed what few funds she had earned and, that June, paid for a taxi to take her and her children to Oaxaca City, Mexico, where she made a call that would change her life”, People reported.
Last June Rosalynn got in contact with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children who told her to make her way to the US Embassy.
“It was so nice to be able to tell somebody the truth,” McGinnis, who waived her right as an alleged sex abuse victim to anonymity, told the magazine.
“I was still scared, but it was wonderful not to have to lie anymore”.
She was able to flee the country with eight of her children. Her eldest had run away from home before the escape, but they have since been reunited.
Piette, who the FBI claim “has deep ties to criminal organisations in Mexico” was then tracked down. arrested and extradited.
He remains in an Oklahoma jail awaiting trial.